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Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, Fromelles

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Fromelles Military Cemetery is a First World War cemetery built by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the outskirts of Fromelles in northern France, near the Belgian border. Constructed between 2009 and 2010, it was the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery for more than 50 years, the last such cemeteries having been built after the Second World War. The cemetery contains the graves of 250 British and Australian soldiers who died on 19 July 1916 in the Battle of Fromelles.The bodies were discovered following historical research that included analysis of aerial photographs showing the presence of mass graves on the edge of Pheasant Wood, just outside the village of Fromelles. The presence of the bodies was confirmed in May 2008, and the bodies were recovered during excavation work in 2009. A specially convened Identification Board published a report on 17 March 2010 announcing the first 75 bodies to have been successfully identified using DNA analysis. Further identification will continue until at least 2014.In parallel with the recovery and identification projects, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was asked by the British and Australian governments to construct a new cemetery to house the bodies. Building work on the cemetery began in May 2009, and the main structural elements were completed by January 2010. The dead soldiers were reburied with full military honours in a series of funeral services in January and February 2010. The ceremonial first reburial took place on 30 January 2010.
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  • the guided tour was clear, the details and interesting anecdotes. Thomas is excellent as a guide
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  • Recent cemetery, 2010, built following the discovery of a mass grave, of 250 bodies of soldiers. After meticulous identification of the body, they are Australian and British soldiers who died in 1916 at the battle of Fromelles. This discovery was undoubtedly, for many families an emotional shock. You can also visit the Museum of the battle of Fromelles. Easy access, free parking.
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  • The pheasant wood cemetery is a credit to the War Graves Commission for its building and continuing to bury those found who died so very long ago. It is another touching tribute to the men of Fromelle...  more »